This week I have been enjoying the sunshine, working hard, and trying everything I can to get the TV to work in my new flat. If anyone is a techonology god or goddess please come forward as you may just be my knight in shining armour.
Anyway, if you are are a regular reader, you probably noticed a couple of ranty posts in the past two weeks. Let me explain. Recently, I’ve been feeling a bit dejected with the travel blogging community. Yes, there are people who are extremely helpful and often there is a great vibe among members. But there are also a handful of people who look down on others, think they are better than others, and walk (or blog) around with a heightened sense of superiority. This has got on my nerves a bit lately, hence the ranty posts. If you didn’t read them, you can now find them here:
- Quit Your Job and Travel the World or You’ll Never be Happy
- Let’s Face it… You’re a Tourist Like the Rest of Us
So, ranty posts and my two cents about the state of the travel blogging industry aside, here is this week’s installment of Cultural Reading.
Yanko Tsvetkov, a London-based designer, has created a series of maps that highlight stereotypes that certain places have of others. Some of the descriptions are pretty obvious and well-known, but there are others that you might not have heard of that give an interesting insight into the country that is stereotyping (as well as that being stereotyped!).
Having returned from Romania recently, this piece stood out for me when it popped up in my inbox. When I got back from my trip, a couple of my older relatives asked me whether I went to any orphanages during my time there. I didn’t, but it piqued my interest as to why they had asked. Now I know. This article gives a deep insight into a study that was (and still is) carried out on children living in orphanages in the capital, Bucharest. A facinating and moving read if you have some spare time.
Sometimes, rather than reading a long old blurb about a place, we would rather just look at some pictures. And, quite often, photos can give you an even better insight into what a place is like. This photo series documents daily life in Wahran, Algeria, with Algerian photographer Ramzy Bensaadi choosing to dramaticise them in black and white.
If you’re active in the travel blogging industry, you’ve probably come across this story over the last couple of days. To sum it up, the Omidvar brothers travelled extensively around the Congo, the Arctic, and the Andes on motorbikes in the 1950s, filming their journey as they went. The footage has only recently been rediscovered and will be shown at an adventure travel festival next month. As a lover of documentaries, particularly those of the travel kind, this article was a great find (and an interesting read).
That’s all folks.
Like I say every time, please do submit any posts you come across (or your own!) for next week’s installment of Cultural Reading. I would love to hear from you! Also, let me know what you think of these articles in the comments below – which one was your favourite? Did you find out something interesting?
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